Camping / Parking Procedure and Guidelines

This year we will be using a new ANPR (automatic number plate recognition) system to manage access to the site.  This will help speed up the process of getting everyone in and as it is contactless, is also part of our Covid-19 mitigation measures.  Anyone wishing to park a car at the event must register their details prior to arrival through an online form.  A link to the form will be published in good time ahead of the event and a link sent out to all team captains.

When you arrive on site your number plate will be scanned, logging your time of arrival.  This means you can be waved straight through onto the field rather than the old system of having to check paper forms.

The event site opens at 11:00am on Friday 23rd July 2021. Please do not arrive before this time. There is strictly no parking along the road, in gateways or on grass verges.

You will be permitted to drive to your chosen camping pitch and unload your camping equipment.  You are given up to one hour to unload before you MUST move your car to one of the car parking areas.

Camper vans and caravans are permitted to park within the campsite area, but cars must be unhitched and moved to the car parks.

Solo campsite: The exception to this rule is that each solo runner is permitted to park one car within the designated solo campsite area.  The regular rules apply to any additional helpers or supporters vehicles and these must be parked in the main car parks.  Should solo runners wish to camp with friends in the main campsites they must adhere to the regular camping and parking procedure.

Blue badge holders may park within the campsite areas or in the designated disabled parking area but must clearly display a valid parking badge.

After the event starts at midday on Saturday vehicular access to the site will be strictly limited. All vehicles arriving after this time must go to Car Park A.

To help avoid congestion at the end of the event, please pack up all of your camping gear before brining your car back into the campsite to load up.

DO NOT block any of the access routes through the site at any time.

NOTE:  We have to get a lot of you onto the site, so these instructions must be followed for everyone’s safety.  Our parking staff are there to ensure this is done safely so please follow any instructions given by them. Any abusive language or disrespectful behaviour shown to event staff could result in you being asked to leave the event and disqualified from the race.

Camping notes

  • DO NOT enter the grounds of Catton Hall. This is a private residence of the estate and not open to the public.
  • Access to the river is strictly prohibited.
  • STRICTLY NO OPEN FIRES, FIRE PITS & CHINESE LANTERNS. BBQs are fine so long as they are kept off the ground. In particularly dry and hot conditions we may be forced to ban the use of BBQs.
  • The grounds of Catton Park are agricultural and pastureland, not a permanent campsite so there are only temporary facilities on site. Do not expect to find full campsite facilities such as electric hook ups.
  • All portaloos on site will be regularly cleaned and serviced throughout the event. If you have any issues, please let a member of staff know.
  • One shower block will be open on Friday from 16:00PM until 22:00PM. All shower blocks will be open from 12:00 noon on Saturday through until 16:00PM on Sunday. While the race is underway some showers will be reserved for runners only, please follow the instructions displayed. Due to the temporary nature of the facilities and logistics required to have the showers running for the full duration of the race we are not currently able to extend these hours.
  • All showers will be regularly cleaned throughout the event but help us keep them in good shape by wiping off any excess mud before you step into the shower block. If you have any issues, please let event staff know.
  • Please be aware that if the conditions are particularly muddy the queue for the showers can get long. Consider others and be as quick as you can please.
  • Keep all dogs on a short lead and clean up after them.
  • Catton Park is a working farm so if you are walking your dog you must remain within the campsite and arena fields only. DO NOT walk the course with your dog to avoid disturbing any livestock and wildlife in other areas of the park.
  • Diesel generators only. NO petrol generators are allowed due to the increased fire risk.
  • Ensure that you remove all tent pegs when you break camp as equestrian events are also held at the venue. A rogue tent peg can cause serious injury.
  • Take extreme care with any bottles and glass and make sure your pitch is left completely free of litter when you leave.
  • Should you have any issues or concerns on site please report them immediately to a member of the event team.  You will be able to get in touch with the event team 24 hours a day; either go to the registration area, the event office, or the security team positioned at Gate A. A phone number will be published ahead of the event for ‘out of hours’ contact overnight.